March 17, 2019
2nd Sunday of LENT
EVERYDAY DISCIPLINES SERIES
“The Spiritual Discipline of Physical Labour”
Genesis 1:26-27, 2:4-9, 15-17 NIV
Our society places a greater value on work done with the mind than work done with the hands.
1. How people believe humans image God contributes to this.
a. Many believe, or believed, that humans image God in their reasoning.
i. Believing this, it is natural to place a greater value on work done with the mind.
ii. This emphasis resulted in an explosion of knowledge.
2. God placed boundaries around knowledge.
a. Humans rebelled against these boundaries.
b. It is because of this rebellion (idolatry) that Jesus died.
3. Word done with the hands offsets the seduction to believe that humans are gods because of our vast
a. Work done with the hands –
i. Reminds us that we are mere creatures, that God is God,
ii. Connects us with the creation,
iii. Reminds us of our humanity.
Let us include the everyday spiritual discipline of working with our hands in this season of Lent.
1. Is it true that our society places a greater value on work done with the hands?
2. Is work done with the mind of greater value than work done with the hands?
3. What temped Eve and Adam when they considered eating the forbidden fruit?
4. Read Genesis 11.3. Does the text at least hint that the people had extensive knowledge of brick and
5. Do you think that people today rebelling against the boundaries that God places on knowledge
6. Human inspire to be gods. Jesus did the reverse. What did Jesus do?
7. Why did Jesus die?
8. Is the answer to not being seduced into believing that we are gods because of our vast knowledge to
no longer pursue knowledge?
9. How does working with our hands:
Remind us that we are mere creatures and that God is God,
Connect us to the creation,
Connect us to our humanity?
10. How can you include the everyday spiritual discipline of working with your hands in the Lent season?